Gingrich: ‘In any reasonable society, Fauci would be gone’

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) head Dr. Anthony Fauci has gone from being an obscure figure to holding celebrity status.

Although Fauci continues to be lauded by many on the left, conservatives have come to distrust him and his judgment as claims that he misled Congress continue to dominate headlines. Now, one of the biggest names on the right is making clear that it’s time for Fauci to go. 

Gingrich lashes out at Fauci

That was the sentiment expressed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) during a scathing Thursday appearance on Fox News’ The Faulkner Focus.

“In any reasonable society, Fauci would be gone,” Gingrich insisted, adding that the NIAID director has “violated his own rules” in funding so-called gain of function research.

“He wrote a paper on this back about 2012, talking about dangerous research and what standards ought to be set, and admitting that in the end, this was more than a scientific question because dangerous research was a threat to the whole society,” Gingrich said of the NIAID chief, according to Fox.

“I’ve known Fauci since he did brilliant work on HIV/AIDS in the 1980s,” the former House speaker added. “And I’m sad to say it, but I think he now is destructive. I think he is dishonest.”

Gingrich charged:

I think [Fauci] is trying to save his reputation, and he’s doing so at very substantial risk to lives around the planet, and it’s very unfortunate.

“The facts are clear”

Dr. Fauci has long denied that his agency provided any funding for gain of function research on coronaviruses in China. But as Fox News reported earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the NIAID’s parent entity — now acknowledges that “limited experiments” did occur.

Those revelations led to some strong statements from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday, when Dr. Fauci came to testify on Capitol Hill.

“Dr. Fauci, I don’t expect you today to admit that you approved of NIH funding for gain of function research in Wuhan, but your repeated denials have worn thin,” the Republican lawmaker said, according to Fox.

“The facts are clear,” Paul declared, stressing, “The NIH did fund gain of function research in Wuhan despite your protestations.”

According to Fox, Paul concluded by telling the doctor that his “persistent denials…are not simply a stain on your reputation but are [a] clear and present danger to the country and to the world.”

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